On October 16, 1956, a Pan Am Clipper aircraft en route from San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii -- the Sovereign of the Skies -- was forced to ditch in the Pacific. Fortunately for the passengers, the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Ponchartrain was close at hand. This incredible film shows the efforts of the airplane pilot and co-pilot, and Coast Guard captain and crewmen, to save the passengers after a ditching at sea. The incident remains one of the proudest moments in the history of the Coast Guard.... Topic: U.S. Coast Guard educational film.
Details the work of the U.S. Coast Guard in the international sea lanes of the Northern Pacific, where icebergs are a constant threat to passenger and cargo ships. USCG patrol vessels track ice formations, assisted by B-17 aircraft. Features footage of the famed liner Queen Mary and USCGC Mendota (WHEC-69), an Owasco class high endurance cutter. Mendota was scrapped in 1974. Topic: U.S. Coast Guard educational film.
The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the... Topic: U.S. Coast Guard educational film.